"Real Steel" Beats Everyone for the No. 1 Movie in America Title! 

The underdog boxing family drama, "Real Steel," was the undisputed champ at the weekend box-office! The winning film, starring Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo as a father-son underdog team, debuted at No. 1 with $27.3 million.

But wait there's more! The Disney-release also took in $22.1 million in 19 overseas markets for a worldwide total of $49.4 million!


"Real Steel" interview with Dakota Goyo
"Real Steel" world premiere
"Real Steel" movie review

Meanwhile, "The Ides of March," the political thriller written, directed, and starring George Clooney, opened at No. 2. Co-starring Ryan Gosling as a political aide who learns the dirty tricks of campaigning, "The Ides of March" sold $10.4 million worth of box-office tickets.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Dolphin Tale," fell by 37 percent to No. 3 with $9.2 million. That percentage is not that much for a family film, which proves that this dolphin will swim for quite a long time.

At No. 4 is "Moneyball" with $7.5 million. This Brad Pitt-starrer also has some box-office legs. Rounding out the Top 5 is the cancer bromantic dramedy starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt with $5.5 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 list of box-office films for weekend of Oct. 7th:

1. "Real Steel," $27.3 million ($22.1 million international).
2. "The Ides of March," $10.4 million.
3. "Dolphin Tale," $9.2 million.
4. "Moneyball," $7.5 million.
5. "50/50," $5.5 million.
6. "Courageous," $4.6 million.
7. "The Lion King," $4.55 million ($7.3 million international).
8. "Dream House," $4.5 million.
9. "What's Your Number?", $3.1 million.
10. "Abduction," $2.9 million.

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Win Exclusive "REAL STEEL" Prizes from DreamWorks/Touchstone! 

This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, it’s all about “Real Steel!” Thanks to Touchstone Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures, you too can own fun memorabilia and collectibles from the movie!

One lucky winner will get:

REAL STEEL t-shirts
REAL STEEL tattoos
REAL STEEL mini-posters

How can you enter?

Simply go to www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy, like my page, then like the post, and just like me, gosh darn it! :happy

You have the whole week to enter! We will draw the name of the lucky winner next weekend, Oct. 15th, and post the video drawing on our Facebook page.

And international friends, sorry, this one is just limited to U.S. residents only, okay?

But have fun, and watch “Real Steel!

Here's the video explaining it all:

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My Fun Adventures at the "Real Steel" World Premiere! 

I had a great time attending the world premiere of “Real Steel” last Sunday at Universal Studios in Hollywood. It helped that I enjoyed the film so I didn’t have to play pretend that “Real Steel” was fun, because it was! So without further adieu, take a look at fun adventure at the red carpet for “Real Steel.”

(In order of appearance):

*** Atticus Shaffer who plays Brick on ABC’s “The Middle” – he did the robot dance for me!

*** Danny Elfman (Composer) – I told him that his score for “Real Steel” was very un-Elfmanish

*** Dakota Goyo (Max) – I love this kid! He’s an amazing actor and a smart guy! And I love that he taught me his dance routine from the movie. Fun!

*** John Gatins (Scriptwriter) – Not only did he write the script for “Real Steel,” he also starred in the movie. If you’ve seen the film, you know he’s the guy with the Tomahawk haircut! I asked him what’s been bugging me about the movie – if we invented robots for fighting, how come we didn’t invent robots for more practical purposes like cleaning, cooking, fixing other robots maybe?

*** Sugar Ray Leonard – the boxing legend worked as a fight consultant in the movie, and I was only allowed one question, so I asked him his thoughts on the other soon-to-be-legend, my fellow Filipino, Manny Pacquaio!

*** Olga Fonda (Farra Lemkova) – She’s hot! And she romanced me in Russian!

*** Shawn Levy (Director) – This guy has a lot of fighting spirit and zest! And we bonded!

*** Hugh Jackman (Charlie) – I love him too! He’s always been a sweetheart! And he danced the robot for me!

*** Anthony Mackie (Finn) – You may know him from “The Hurt Locker,” but this fall, he channels Don King in “Real Steel” as a tough-as-nails-with-a-heart boxing promoter!

*** Evangeline Lilly (Bailey) – By this time, she was one of the last celebrities to walk into the theater for the premiere so all of us had to ask her all at once! But she’s divine…and lovely!


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"Real Steel" Movie Review -- Let's Do the Robot Dance! 

For my written review of "Real Steel," click here.

Here's more info on "Real Steel" from Yahoo:

In the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

Also Known As: Real Steel: The IMAX Experience

Logline: In the near future, a bot boxing manager and his son take their 2000-pound robot fighter to the box boxing championships.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Sports

Running Time: 2 hrs. 7 min.

Release Date: October 7th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence, intense action, and brief language.

Distributors: DreamWorks Pictures

Cast and Credits

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Produced by: Steven Spielberg, Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen

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It's Official! The New Bond Girl is... 

French actress Berenice Marlohe! She will join Daniel Craig on the next Bond film now known as "Skyfall." Craig will return as our favorite secret agent in the 23rd Bond film and will be joined the by the largely unknown French TV actress according to The Huffington Post.

Sam Mendes is set to helm and he screen-tested Berenice at Pinewood studios. The director also screen-tested Helen McCrory (Draco Malfoy's mommy in the "Harry Potter" movies). McCrory will also star in the film.

The new Bond villain will be played by Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem, and Naomie Harris will star as Miss Moneypenny. Dame Judi Dench will return as M. The Huffington Post also revealed that Ben Wishaw and Ralph Fiennes have been cast in unspecified roles.

"Skyfall" is set for release next year, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the series.

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